FESTIVAL RECORDS and Warner Music Australia released on April 1 release of the definitive overview of the great Aussie Rock scene from ‘70s and ‘80s and into the ‘90s, ‘THE GLORY DAYS OF AUSSIE PUB ROCK VOL.1’, on CD (a 4CD set!) and digital release.
Below Casper had a lengthy but insightful chat with MARK GABLE (Choirboys) about the collection and the decline in the Aussie live music scene.
Featuring a whopping 91 tracks (and priced to sell!), ‘THE GLORY DAYS OF AUSSIE PUB ROCK VOL.1’ focuses on the birthplace of classic OZ Rock – the pub! It includes seminal songs from virtually every successful Aussie rock band from the mid-‘70s through to the early-‘90s, including COLD CHISEL, THE ANGELS, DIVINYLS, MIDNIGHT OIL, MENTAL AS ANYTHING, BABY ANIMALS, SPLIT ENZ, HUNTERS & COLLECTORS, PAUL KELLY & THE COLOURED GIRLS, MEN AT WORK, AUSTRALIAN CRAWL, SKYHOOKS, THE SCREAMING JETS, ROSE TATTOO, DRAGON, TMG, SUNNYBOYS, STARS, THE SAINTS, NOISEWORKS, BLACK SORROWS, MODELS, THE SPORTS, RENEE GEYER, MI-SEX, JIMMY BARNES, IAN MOSS, BOOM CRASH OPERA, STEVIE WRIGHT, CHOIRBOYS, ICEHOUSE and FLOWERS, THE REELS, JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS, MONDO ROCK, RICHARD CLAPTON, RADIATORS, THE BADLOVES, BOOM CRASH OPERA, TIM FINN, THE CHURCH and more!.
It also includes memorable tracks from bands from the era whose fame may have been fleeting, but who still packed ‘em in in the pubs, including JIMMY & THE BOYS, GOANNA, SWANEE, DAVE WARNER’S FROM THE SUBURBS, MATT FINISH, PAINTERS & DOCKERS, UNCANNY X-MEN and MOVING PICTURES; as well as many groups who were local heroes of the day, like Perth’s THE BOYS, THE ELKS andLOADED DICE, Newcastle’s HEROES , Sydney’s THE HITMEN, THE NUMBERS, THE COCKROACHES, XL CAPRIS and THE CYRIL B. BUNTER BAND, and Melbourne’sBILLY MILLER & THE GREAT BLOKES, JAMES FREUD & THE RADIO STARS, STILETTO, BROD SMITH’S BIG COMBO and THE ALIENS (Melbourne). Some of the bigger indie guitar bands of the ‘80s also appear, like LIME SPIDERS and HUXTON CREEPERS. Even Nick Cave makes an appearance with the classic BOYS NEXT DOORsingle ‘Shivers’ (as later covered by the Screaming Jets!)
Additionally, ‘The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.1 ’ includes numerous tracks on CD (and digital release) for the first time ever, including THE DINGOES’ final Mushroom single ‘Smooth Sailing’, the first PAUL KELLY & THE DOTS single ‘Seeing is Believing’, and RAY ARNOTT’S ‘On the Run’, which is strongly rumoured to feature Angus Young on guitar.
Aimed at both the collector and the casual fan alike, ‘The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.1’ also includes comprehensive liner notes with track-by-track commentary and an essay by key ‘70s Australian rock writer (RAM magazine founding editor and Cold Chisel biographer) ANTHONY O’GRADY. The collection’s striking packaging features a new illustration by legendary Australian album cover and poster artist and Mushroom’s first art director, Ian McCausland.
‘The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.1’ (4CD and digital release) will be released April 1 on Festival Records and Warner Music.
VARIOUS ARTISTS – THE GLORY DAYS OF AUSSIE PUB ROCK (2016)
Release Date: 01 April 2016
℗ 2016 Frogstomp Music
1. Cold Chisel – Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)
2. Midnight Oil – Cold Cold Change
3. The Angels – Take a Long Line
4. Divinyls – Boys in Town
5. The Radiators – Comin’ Home
6. Flowers – Walls
7. Models – Big on Love
8. Hunters & Collectors – Do You See What I See?
9. Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons – So Young
10. The Sports – Don’t Throw Stones
11. Mental As Anything – If You Leave Me – Can I Come Too?
12. Mondo Rock – Cool World
13. Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls – Dumb Things
14. Australian Crawl – Beautiful People
15. Richard Clapton – Out on the Edge Again
16. Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now?
17. Matt Finish – Mancini Shuffle (demo)
18. Sunnyboys – Show Me Some Discipline
19. Loaded Dice – Mam’selle
20. Ted Mulry Gang (TMG) – Heart of Stone
21. Russell Morris & The Rubes – The Roar of the Wild Torpedoes
22. Wendy & The Rocketts – Tonite
23. Billy Miller & The Great Blokes – Perpetual Motion
24. Dragon – Rain
1. Skyhooks – Women in Uniform
2. The Ferrets – Don’t Fall in Love
3. The Dingoes – Smooth Sailing (original Mushroom single version)
4. Stars – Mighty Rock
5. Renée Geyer – Hot Minutes
6. Stiletto – Goodbye Johnny
7. Texas – I Wanna Dance with You
8. The Elks – Party Girl
9. The Reels – Prefab Heart
10. Boys Next Door – Shivers
11. The Saints – Just Like Fire Would
12. Split Enz – History Never Repeats
13. Goanna – Solid Rock
14. Warumpi Band – Blackfella/Whitefella
15. Ross Wilson – Living in the Land of Oz
16. Ian Moss – Telephone Booth
17. The Badloves – Lost
18. Noiseworks – Take Me Back
19. Choirboys – Run to Paradise
20. Heroes – The Star and the Slaughter
21. Ray Arnott – On the Run
22. Marcus Hook Roll Band – Natural Man
1. Mi-Sex – Computer Games
2. Dave Warner’s From The Suburbs – Suburban Boy
3. Jimmy & The Boys – Products of your Mind
4. The Aliens – Confrontation
5. The Boys – Hurt Me Babe
6. The Hitmen – I Don’t Mind
7. Angry Anderson – Bound for Glory
8. Uncanny X-Men – Everybody Wants to Work
9. James Freud & The Radio Stars – Modern Girl
10. Icehouse – Nothing too Serious
10. V. Spy V. Spy – Don’t Tear It Down
11. XL Capris – World War 3
12. The Numbers – The Modern Song
13. The Church – Too Fast for You
14. The Lime Spiders – Weirdo Libido
15. The Lonely Hearts – The Spell
16. The Johnnys – Bleeding Heart
17. X – Dream Baby
18. Painters & Dockers – Nude School
19. Weddings, Parties, Anything – Away Away
20. The Zimmermen – What Really Hurts
21. Paul Kelly & The Dots – Seeing is Believing
22. GANGgajang – Gimme Some Lovin’
Jimmy Barnes – Driving Wheels
Baby Animals – One Word
The Screaming Tribesmen – Date with a Vampyre
Huxton Creepers – I Will Persuade You
Boom Crash Opera – The Best Thing
The Screaming Jets – Better
Heaven – Fantasy
8. Finch – Short Changed Again
9. Rose Tattoo – We Can’t Be Beaten
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs – Movie Queen
Stevie Wright – Hard Road
Jeff St. John – A Fool in Love
The Stockley, See, Mason Band – Endless Love
Swanee – If I were a Carpenter
The Cyril B. Bunter Band – Last Chance
The Cockroaches – She’s the One
Tim Finn – Made My Day
The Black Sorrows – Chained to the Wheel
Moving Pictures – Bustin’ Loose
Broderick Smith’s Big Combo – Faded Roses
Ariel – Yeah Tonight
The Party Boys (featuring Kevin Borich)– Gonna See My Baby Tonight
Now if this gargantuan collection of Aussie rock classics doesn’t get your party kicking in the most sensational way, it might be time to reconsider your guest list. The primary reason for that statement is the tremendous thought AND EFFORT that has quite obviously gone into the selections. Please don’t make the mistake of considering this set to be just another compilation. This is a step back into the not so distant past and a reminder of the tremendous power of the traditional Aussie pub rock scene.
Reading the list of protagonists past and present listed across the mammoth 91 tracks is inherently impressive, but the real magic is unleashed when you spin the disks. Those tracks will bring the memories flooding back thick and fast, but in a decidedly different way to other collections. Again, the careful consideration that has assembled these numbers is observably considerable. The track list will certainly have your attention, but when you begin to play the four disks, you will enjoy a long list of favourites that you had perhaps, left back in the annals of personal history. Needless to say, the glory days of pre pokies rocking pub band rooms will come pounding back to the fore with a vengeance.
The enjoyment of this monumental collection is significantly enhanced by the written contributions from industry legends such as Anthony O’Grady, David Laing. This brilliant concept from David Laing himself is represented beautifully by the band notes included in the collection insert. Insert? Nay, more a narrative of Aussie pub rock history with excellent notes provided for each and every contributing artist. You may even spot a band poster or two, long lost to time, that will bring the memories rushing forth in a flood of familiar sights, sounds and perhaps even the aromas of the pub rock scene.
The tremendous cover art by Ian McCausland accompanies the promise of a visit back to the Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock, and this collection certainly delivers. But you will hear, read and remember so much more. This is surely an essential collection to grace the shelves of every Australian home, but never too far from reach.
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY MICKG PHOTOGRAPHY